The overarching question imparting urgency to this exploration is: Can U.S.-Russian contention in cyberspace cause the two nuclear superpowers to stumble into war? In considering this question we were constantly reminded of recent comments by a prominent U.S. arms control expert: At least as dangerous as the risk of an actual cyberattack, he observed, is cyber operations’ “blurring of the line between peace and war.” Or, as Nye wrote, “in the cyber realm, the difference between a weapon and a non-weapon may come down to a single line of code, or simply the intent of a computer program’s user.”
Neerada Jacob will present a Managing the Atom seminar entitled "Saddam’s Disappearing Nuclear Program: Bombs, Sanctions, and Inspections" on Tuesday November 16, 2010, in the Belfer Center library at 9:30am.
Why did Iraq’s nuclear program end in the early 1990s? This question is especially interesting since Saddam Hussein continued to retain the desire for nuclear weapons throughout the 1990s. Given this continued motivation, what accounts for the near-total elimination of the Iraqi nuclear effort? This talk will assess the role of economic sanctions, while also discussing two other factors at play – the threat and use of military force, and rigorous UN inspections.
All are welcome and invited to attend.